Monday September 21 is celebrated as International Day of Peace. It was originally established as a resolution by the United Nations in 1981.
Peace is something I think a lot about. I do think there is much we can each do individually – we must certainly protect the vulnerable as best we can; we must model non-violent conflict resolution and compassionate action towards all beings; we must work towards strong peace. While it can be hard to believe that any individual action really makes a difference collectively, at the very least I believe I can be responsible for my life.
Although I’m not a Buddhist, there’s a wonderful prayer by the late Buddhist teacher Maylie Scott that I like very much. Here is an excerpt from it:
“May I be well, loving, and peaceful. May all beings be well, loving, and peaceful.
May I continually cultivate the ground of peace for myself and others and persist, mindful and dedicated to this work, independent of results.
May I know that my peace and the world’s peace are not separate; that our peace in the world is a result of our work for justice.
May all beings be well, happy and peaceful.”
Leave me a comment about what peace means to you and/or how you practice it in your daily life, or anything else you’d like to say about peace, and I’ll enter your name in a drawing for a free bottle of my Peace auric spray. (For those who don’t know about my auric sprays – what they are and why you might want to use them – there’s a lot of information on my website at www.feelgoodenergyshift.com ). I’ll announce the winner on Friday 9/25/09.